Lebron James will once again represent the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA All-Star Game as he’s been voted to his now record 14th consecutive game.
He broke a tie with former Celtic great Bob Cousy who was selected to thirteen consecutive All-Star games from 1951 to 1963.
He has also earned the right to be one of two team captains as he was the top vote getter with 2,638,294 votes from fans. Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors will be the other team captain.
Voting was determined by fans (50%), media and players (25% each) and the player’s rank in each category was totaled into a weighted score.
Joining him from the Eastern Conference is Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Boston’s Kyrie Irving.
Joining Curry from the Western Conference is his teammate from Golden State Kevin Durant, New Orleans’ big men DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis and Houston’s James Harden.
The reserves will be announced on January 23 and then James and Curry will get to pick their teams in a draft like these NBA players probably did back in their school days when they’d play pick up games on the playground, a first time style of the All-Star Game.
For James, it’s been another dominant start to an NBA season, the fifteenth of his career.
In 43 games (43 starts), Lebron James is averaging 27.3 points, 8 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game. He’s shooting 55.7% from the field, 37.6% from the three point line and 77% from the free throw line.
If he stays on this pace, it’ll be his best statistical season since returning to Cleveland in the 2014-2015 season.
The All-Star Game has always been kind to Lebron James since making his first appearance in 2005. He’s a two time MVP of the game winning the award in 2006 and 2008 and is also the all-time leading scorer in the game’s history.
As many have already reported, it’ll be interesting to see who he drafts on to his team for the game.
He’ll have the option depending on what Curry does to potentially select his rival Kevin Durant who out dueled him in last year’s NBA Finals and his former teammate Kyrie Irving who chose to leave Cleveland this summer when he requested a trade and was eventually given that when the Cavaliers traded him to Boston.